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03 May 2009 :: 11:05:27 am 38011

Thailand Sends 20,000 Antiviral Drug Doses To Mexico; Two Patients Under Close Surveillanc

BANGKOK, May 2 - In a bid to boost the morale of Mexicans who are now living a nightmare following the recent outbreak of swine flu virus, now known as influenza A (H1N1) in the country, Thailand decided Saturday to dispatch 20,000 tablets of the antiviral drug Oseltamivir to treat the deadly virus victims there, Deputy Prime Minister Sanan Kajornprasart said Saturday.
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Speaking to journalists after meeting with senior Public Health Ministry officials on preventing influenza A (H1N1) from spreading to Thailand, Deputy Prime Minister. Sanan said participants agreed to send the Thai-prepared medications to treat Mexican patients.

Sanan chaired a special panel to monitor the situation in the kingdom and supervise swine-flu prevention measures and coordinate with foreign health authorities in preventing a global pandemic.

The decision to send the antiviral drugs has come as the deadly disease has spread to some Asian countries, according to Dr. Praj Boonyawongvirot, Permanent Secretary for Public Health.

Dr. Praj reportedly told the participants that the number of patients suspected of contracting the disease in Thailand and under close medical supervision had dwindled to two — a man and a woman — from the four persons registered earlier. They are now staying at a government hospital.

Fourteen Thai students and volunteers living in Mexico under a government exchange programme are scheduled to return to Bangkok Sunday evening, said Deputy PM Sanan said. Doctors will conduct medical check-up on them and every passenger on board the plane as well for safety purpose.

The 14 will be quarantined in their homes one week, but must report to the Public Health Ministry on a daily basis.

The ministry will next Monday install heat-scanning equipment at Bangkok?s Suvarnabhumi international airport along with two ambulances standing by to send passengers suspected of contracting the disease to hospitals for further diagnosis.

Hospitals are requested to arrange for a special unit to treat patients contracting the influenza, and the Government of Pharmaceutical Organisation has been asked to increase its production of antiviral drug Oseltamivir to six million tablets from four million now in reserve, as well as producing medical masks.

Provincial governors and public health physicians nationwide will meet Thursday to discuss preventive measures for the new virus. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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